Last month I took you inside the luxurious plantation home of my present client. We discussed the drawing room and how we “grew” the view by installing draperies in a way to frame the windows.
In the main entrance, or grand hall—which leads to the living quarters—we accented the height of the ceilings by installing coffered copper ceiling tiles with a custom crown molding, also from copper. We added faux-finished library panels in a copper paint and installed a sensuous silk Damask by Lee Jofa within the framework. Then, using the same damask fabric, we balanced the entrance on the opposite end of the grand hall by using it on a custom drapery treatment installed directly below the copper crown molding. I wanted to add some depth to the draperies so I lined them with a complimentary silk stripe and added two bands of coordinating trim down the lead edge of the triple widths of fabric. I also added the banding across the bottom of the valance treatment above the doorway.
We added another layer of textiles by using a striped silk by Ralph Lauren on the walls above the chair railing down the main hall. Below the chair rail, we applied an over-scaled Damask wallpaper by Osborne and Little.
With such a lush variety of textures, textiles, and patterns coming together in one area you truly do create that feel of plantation living…à la Tara! More textile talk coming next month!
Kelli Wilson is the creative mind behind Kelli Wilson Consulting, based in Little Rock.